Posts Tagged ‘National Hair Loss Awareness Month’

AUGUST IS HAIR LOSS AWARENESS MONTH!

Thursday, August 9th, 2018

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According to the American Academy of Dermatology, nearly an estimated 80 million Americans experience some level of hair loss.  Therefore, National Hair Loss Awareness Month effectively shifts the focus on prevention and effective treatments to reduce these startling (and treatable) statistics.  Internationally recognized hair loss expert, Dr.Alan J. Bauman, aka the “Boca Hair Doc,” is our go-to guide for prevention and treatment.  According to Dr. Bauman, awareness and early action are essential in maintaining the health and longevity of our hair.  “It is vital to know hair loss is no longer inevitable, it’s OPTIONAL,” he reassures. “Patients are always relieved to learn that hair loss IS a TREATABLE condition.”

PREVENTION TIPS:

  • A common mistake with detecting hair loss is to rely on the “mirror test” before taking action. This type of visual assessment puts you at a disadvantage because by the time hair loss is visible half of your hair in that area may be already gone. Research shows that most people who have undergone treatment for hair loss wish they started sooner.
  • HairCheck: New measurement and evaluation tools abound. Hair Restoration Physicians MDs can help accurately diagnose, measure and monitor your condition.
  • A family history of hair loss, over-styling and use of harsh chemicals, illness, stress, certain medications, smoking and poor diet can all impact hair health and influence hair loss. Experts advise eliminating as many hair loss risk factors as possible. (more…)

NATIONAL HAIRL LOSS MONTH: FOCUS ON MEN!

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

StathamAccording to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35, two thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss; at 50, approximately 85% will have significant thinning hair. August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month and more than 95% of hair loss in men results from androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness.  Other causes include stress, which is often responsible for conditions including telogen effluvium, which pushes hair follicles into a resting phase, causing hair to thin and fall out, crash dieting, and nutritional deficiencies.  Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, there more and more treatments designed to combat hair loss now than ever.  Some are quite effective and others are simply hype.  According to surgeon and hair restoration expert,  Dr. William Yates, “many people waste time and money hoping for solutions that really will not help their thinning hair,” cautioning, “most things that are in stores or advertised to restore hair loss are a waste of time and money.”

Technology and Medicine:  Dr. Yates tells those facing serious hair loss to “seek the expertise of a seasoned hair restoration surgeon for advice both surgically and non-surgically.  Surgically, hair transplantation is effective and provides natural and permanent outcomes.”  Non-surgically, however, Dr. Yates believes that FDA-approved Low Level Light Laser Therapy, prescription medicines, Minoxidil and Propecia, and  Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, which uses the patient’s own platelets and growth factors to regenerate the weakened hair follicle, and are all highly effective treatments.

Shampoos and OTC Topicals:  Dr. Yates considers all shampoos and over-the-counter topicals “basically all the same.”  He finds that the best ones to use are those which are mild; sulfate free shampoos do not harm color.  The best conditioner?  “One which imparts fullness, but leaves the hair smooth and easy to style,” he suggests

Diet:  “As long as one eats properly and is not involved in crash diets or low protein diets,  a good, balanced diet should be sufficient,” Dr. Yates shares, “You don’t need to supplement drastically or at all.”

Supplements:  “I am not a big fan of all of the different supplements and vitamins that are available for hair loss because most do not have any scientific basis for efficacy,” the good doctor explains.  However, Dr. Yates has seen some value in taking Palmetto, Nettle Extract, and vitamin supplements with Biotin.